The 183,000-SF Milken Institute School of Public Health is comprised of individual classrooms, clad in acoustical bamboo panels, set back slightly from the building’s perimeter to allow for a layer of student activity and study space to overlook Washington Circle. The seven-story building is organized into two distinct halves— one for offices and administrative functions, and another for classrooms and student study areas. A large green roof, high performance ultra-clear glazing, energy-efficient chilled beam distribution, energy recovery, and innovative storm water management strategies allowed the project to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Payette served as Design Architect and Ayers Saint Gross served as Associate Architect.
POLITICO asked Matt Welker, who promotes healthy building design at the AIA, to pick five of his favorite buildings and explain what makes them good at making you healthier.
Located on Washington Circle just a few blocks from the White House, the new Milken Institute School of Public Health was designed and built to be a living model of a healthy workplace.
A beautiful, centrally located stairway encourages physical exercise over the elevator, and kitchens instead of vending machines make good food choices easier.